The Cat has been a significant cultural symbol as well as the pet of choice for the Japanese. The Japanese obsession with cats has made the country a paradise for cat lovers. From the symbol of good luck, Makeni-neko (the beckoning cat) to shrines, cat cafes and pop culture symbols like Hello Kitty and Doraemon to cat themed merchandise, there is plenty of stuff celebrating the cute and cuddly feline.
The latest and greatest testimony of this country’s affection for the cat is the recently launched Hello Kitty themed bullet train.
1. The Hello Kitty train
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2. Cat Cafes
Surround yourself with adorable kitties in Tokyo’s many cat cafes. Squeeze some time into your itinerary, pay a cover charge and enjoy a relaxed time trying to win the heart of these fur buddies. Tokyo alone has over 35 cat cafes so finding one close to where you are staying shouldn’t be a hassle.
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3. The Gōtokuji temple
The Gotukuji temple with a display of over a thousand maneki nekos (beckoning cats) is a delightful sight. It is a photo opportunity any cat lover wouldnt want to miss. These cats with a raised paw are a symbol of good fortune especially for business owners.
The Gotukuji temple is easily accessible from Shibuya. Find a modern or traditional home away from home in vibrant Shibuya.
4. Aoshima Cat Island
Japan has about a dozen cat islands where the feline population exceeds the number of people living on the island. The Aoshima island is an unbeleivable paradise for cats and cat lovers. Cats are everywhere: Curling up, hanging out or ganging up.
The Aoshima island has very few accomodation options. You can base your stay in Ehime prefecture while setting out to explore this cat island.
5. Cat Themed Merchandise
Take back adorable cat themed memorabilia to remember your trip to this meow paradise. There are speciality cat memorabilia stores like Necodan where you can find items to suit every budget. With over 1,500 cat-themed gifts available for purchase, you are sure to find a souveneir that you will cherish for years to come. Go ahead indulge in a cat themed umbrella to cheer you up on a cloudy day or a handbag to spread smiles wherever you go.
Don’t let expensive hotel rooms cramp your style. Find an apartment with a garden or a cozy room with feline inspired decor to banish any vacation blues.